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Beetlejuice Is Officially Getting a Sequel

Over 30 years after the original “Beetlejuice” was released in 1988, a sequel is finally in the works. The movie’s director, Tim Burton, has been trying to get a sequel off the ground for decades but news that a follow-up project is in production at Warner Bros. was officially announced at CinemaCon on April 25, according to Screen Rant (Warner Bros. reps did not immediately respond to POPSUGAR’s request for confirmation).

The big news follows reports (via Variety that Jenna Ortega, who collaborated with Burton on their hit Netflix show, “Wednesday,” was circling the lead role of the daughter of Lydia Deetz (Winona Ryder’s character) in the film.

In February 2022, Deadline reported that Brad Pitt’s Plan B production company is producing the project, and Ryder and the original Beetlejuice, Michael Keaton, are expected to reprise their roles.

The original “Beetlejuice” is a comedy-horror staple that follows a newly deceased couple, played by Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis, in their quest to reclaim their home from the eccentric family who has since moved in. Beetlejuice, a trickster of the afterlife, “helps” the couple achieve their goal. In addition to its distinct aesthetic perspective, the film is also known for its dinner-table scene set to “Day-O (The Banana Boat Song)” by the late Harry Belafonte.

Various follow-ups have been floated since the film’s release in the late ’80s. Burton at one point considered a vacation sequel titled “Beetlejuice Goes Hawaiian” but was sidetracked by “Batman Returns,” which also starred Keaton. Warner Bros., which distributed the first film, started to pursue a sequel more seriously in the last decade, but by 2019, a spokesperson confirmed the project had been shelved.

Despite the back-and-forth, the cast remained enthusiastic about the possibility of a sequel. “I love Lydia so much. She was such a huge part of me,” Ryder said in a 2013 interview with The Daily Beast. Ryder said she would never do it without Keaton and Burton, however: “Because those guys, I love.” Keaton shared a similar sentiment to MTV News in 2014: “I always said that’s the one thing I’d like to do again, if I ever did anything again. But it kind of required Tim to be involved some way or another.”

There’s no word on whether or not Ortega will join or if more of the original cast will return alongside Ryder and Keaton in “Beetlejuice 2.” But with the film officially greenlit, it’s only a matter of time before more details start trickling out.

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